Grilled Meatloaf is a delicious, hearty recipe that is easy to make. You will love the combination of the simple ingredients and smoky flavor.

Meatloaf sliced on a cutting board with knife

Grilled Meatloaf Recipe:

Meatloaf is our go-to recipe on Sunday night. It is a great dish to add all your favorite ingredients as it always turns out so delicious. But making Grilled Meatloaf takes it to the next level.

Grilling meatloaf is a great way to make your classic recipe. All it takes is a few simple ingredients and you will have a crowd pleasing meatloaf that everyone will eat.

The ground beef mixed with simple seasoning and grilled allows you to start the week off right with a hearty and delicious meal. Add your favorite sides such as mashed potatoes and a vegetable and your meal is complete.

Ingredients needed - ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onions, salt and pepper, worcestershire sauce, ketchup

Ingredients: 

  • Ground Beef
  • Eggs
  • Soft Breadcrumbs 
  • Onions, finely chopped 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Worcestershire sauce 
  • Ketchup, divided 

How to Cook Meatloaf on the Grill: 

  • Step 1 – Preheat a grill over medium heat (approximately 375 degrees F).  Turn off one side of the grill to have a hot side and indirect heat side for cooking the meatloaf. 
  • Step 2 – Reserve 2 tablespoons of the ketchup for the topping.  Then in a large bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onions, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and remaining ketchup.  Mix until well combined. 
The process of making grilled meatloaf
  • Step 3 – Form the meat mixture into a classic meatloaf shape and place it in the center of a double folded large piece of foil.  Roll up the edges of the foil slightly to make a small boat around the meatloaf to catch any juices released while cooking. 
  • Step 4 – Place the meatloaf on the direct heat of the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes with the grill lid closed. 
  • Step 5 – Then move over indirect heat and continue to cook on the grill and close the lid. Cook until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (approximately 1 hour). 
Meatloaf on a baking pan lined with foil
  • Step 6 – Remove the meatloaf from the grill and place on a baking pan lined with heavy duty foil.  Top it with the reserved ¼ cup of ketchup and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.  Then it’s ready to slice, serve and enjoy.
Meatloaf on a cutting board

How long to Grill Meatloaf:

After mixing the ingredients together to make your meatloaf, place on the side of the grill with direct heat. You will grill your meatloaf for about 10 minutes with the lid closed.

Then after about 10 minutes, move the meatloaf on the indirect side of the grill. Grill until your meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees. We recommend getting a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

What to Serve with Meatloaf:

  • Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes – This recipe is a game changer and makes mashed potatoes so simple. No need for separate pans and boiling potatoes. This easy recipe does not require any boiling or draining.
  • Glazed Carrots – If you have never had glazed carrots, it is such a sweet and delicious side dish. This recipe can be made quickly and easily during the week for an inexpensive vegetable to serve with your main dish.
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese – This easy Baked Mac and Cheese recipe is so creamy and cheesy. Plus, the delicious bread crumb topping makes this Southern mac and cheese simply amazing.
  • Homemade Rolls – These homemade rolls are the perfect side with mashed potatoes and green beans. My kids will make meatloaf sandwiches with these rolls.
Meatloaf on a cutting board

Recipe Tips:

  • Combine Ingredients – Make sure to combine the ingredients completely before forming into a loaf. You can combine with the spoon, but I find it best to combine with my hands.
  • Forming the Loaf – When forming the loaf, I try not to make it to thick so that it does not take long to cook. You may even need to do small ones to make sure that the meatloaf gets completely cooked.
  • Cooking Meatloaf – Only cook the meatloaf on the direct heat for about 10 minutes and then finish cooking on the indirect heat. This makes sure that the meatloaf does not burn.
Meatloaf on a cutting board with a knife

Meatloaf Additions and Substitutions:

  • Change the Ground Meat – Instead of ground beef, you can use ground pork if you prefer.
  • Barbecue Sauce – Instead of using ketchup, top the meatloaf with BBQ Sauce.
  • Bake meatloaf – You can still make this meatloaf in an oven at 350 degrees.
  • Add Cheese – Mix in cheese with this recipe. We recommend American or Mozzarella for added flavor.
  • Change the Seasoning – Italian Seasoning is always a good options or a ranch seasoning packet.
Close up image of a slice of grilled meatloaf with carrots and mashed potatoes

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

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Grilled Meatloaf

5 from 8 votes
Grilled Meatloaf is a delicious, hearty recipe that is easy to make. You will love the combination of the simple ingredients and smoky flavor.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 510
Author Grill on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Soft Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Onions finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup divided

Instructions

  • Preheat a grill over medium high heat (approximately 375 degrees F).  Turn off one side of the grill to have a hot side and indirect heat side for cooking the meatloaf.
  • Reserve 2 tablespoons of the ketchup for the topping.  Then in a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onions, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and remaining ketchup.  Mix until well combined.
  • Form the meat mixture into a classic meatloaf shape and place it in the center of a double folded large piece of foil.  Roll up the edges of the foil slightly to make a small boat around the meatloaf to catch any juices released while cooking.
  • Place the meatloaf on the direct heat of the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes with the grill lid closed.  Then move over indirect heat and continue to cook with the lid closed until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F (approximately 1 hour).
  • Remove the meatloaf from the grill.  Top it with the reserved ketchup and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.  Then it’s ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 510kcal, Carbohydrates 22g, Protein 31g, Fat 33g, Saturated Fat 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 14g, Trans Fat 2g, Cholesterol 162mg, Sodium 861mg, Potassium 584mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 7g, Vitamin A 185IU, Vitamin C 3mg, Calcium 82mg, Iron 4mg

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